Art (Fine Art) A Level

Course Description

All art is the result of the deliberate transformed by the accidental; the painter wields a palette knife and sculptor their chisel and then something happens - a chance encounter with a stranger, a smell, a snatch of overheard conversation or a few beats of music, a dream of a tropical paradise words on a page and the work spins off into a totally new plane. The original artwork explodes and reassembles itself taking on immortal life. Happy accidents challenge and inform while the wholly deliberate lacks energy and spark.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

Fine art is created for purely aesthetic expression, communication, or contemplation. It is about challenging the mundane; it is about rising above the banality of everyday life and opening our eyes to a whole new visual language, a whole new way of seeing. It’s emotive, a powerful tool that allows the artist to explore specific feelings of joy, sorrow, angst, outrage, tranquillity, pleasure, pain and exhilaration. This course requires commitment, passion and intellect and a fundamental ability to inspire with a desire to alter and challenge perception. It is a discipline that requires highly developed techniques and skills, which leads to the development of distinctively personal and recognizable practice and style.

You must be able to draw confidently and creatively in order to complete this course successfully. You will develop your skills using pencil on paper to accurately render still lives, the human form, architecture and natural form. Once you‘ve explored your topic through closely observed drawing you will then explore a wide range of traditional and digital media, materials, processes and techniques.

You will be actively encouraged to experiment with media and materials; to embrace and develop the happy accident while reflecting upon your process, application and progress. Fine Art practise fuels and stretches creativity however, these practical skills are hugely enhanced by contextual awareness and understanding. This understanding of how specific artists and artworks effect, challenge or reflect upon the human condition and our global society fundamentally underpins your creative practise. You will learn how to set out and make the most exquisite visual statements you are capable of creating, while exploring, exploiting and experimenting with a vast array of media and materials.


Component one: Personal Investigation (60% of the final grade) throughout year one and to December of year two. Component two: Externally Set Assignment (40% of final grade) runs from February to May of your second year. Both components are internally assessed and externally moderated. You will also present a portfolio and an exhibition of your work covering both components which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term. Throughout the academic year there will be several day trips to galleries, artist studios and city visits to gather and practise your observation recording techniques. Some will be enriching, but those that are compulsory, travel costs will be met by the College. Workshops take place each Wednesday afternoon and they cover all areas of art & design to further develop your creative making skills and broaden your knowledge of art & design.

Additional Information

To support your studies, you will be required to purchase relevant materials as outlined: Kit: £14.00. Includes: double sided tape, masking tape, glue stick, pencils, fine liner, biro, graphite stick, brush set, 3 x large bushes, glue spreader, A5 lino, 3 x sheets tracing paper, 2 x plastic wallets, A2 plastic portfolio.

Links with other subjects:
Fine Art links well with Photography, Art, Craft & Design, Graphic Design, Media & Film Studies.

Future Career Opportunities

• Fine Artist

• Curator

• Gallery Assistant

• Studio Assistant

• Community Artist

• Art Therapist

• Art & Design

• Teacher/Lecturer


Why Study at BSFC?

Throughout your time at College, you will build up an innovative and exciting portfolio of work which will support you in progressing onto university or the world or work.